What are some creative ways for you to reuse your bottle caps today? These babies have SO many uses, and not to mention some of them could be considered “collector’s items” too – in other words, too good to toss. So if you have jars or drawers overflowing with these, help is on the way!
Whether it’s soda or adult beverages, metal caps (especially) are often distinctive and special in some ways. There are some that due to age or rarity, may be very valuable and should be saved! Who needs an appraisal, there are lots of arts and crafts inspiration to come about from bottle caps. Let’s take a look at this roundup now!
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Are Plastic Caps Easier To Reuse Than Metal?
There are plastic bottle caps, and then there are the metal or aluminum ones. I tend to lean towards the latter, as I tend to be very nostalgic about some of my collections, and in “simpler times” when most soda bottles were made from glass, metal caps were the norm.
I do know that plastic caps are more numerous and common today (Do people still collect caps for “points” to cash in anymore?) I always regarded these as “junk” and less appealing than metal caps but maybe I’m missing something. I know of one mixed media artist I heard of the other day who keeps tons of these and turns them into stunning mural sized works of art!
So hold on to those if you’ve got them – plastic caps often come in different colors and sizes; there’s a lot of fun to be had repurposing them, too!
First, the Obvious…Mixed Media Art
If nothing else, turn your bottlecap collection into mixed media art-whether you dream up a three-dimensional pattern or mosaic layout -you could have the making of a real stunner in front of you, if you can, sort your caps by colors and try to aim for a good, cohesive look.
Of course, it will take a LOOOOT of them to get a picture like this above; I have no idea how many that is but I know it’s got to be close to 100 or so (although I haven’t attempted to count them) If you wanted to craft a more free-flowing, less tightly compact pattern you probably won’t need as many caps.
You might want to combine them with other types of caps and related plastic “junk stuff” in similar colors? (think tops you find on bleach bottles, household products, etc. ) Caps of all sizes could fill in the gaps in your background, it might take a lot of work, but I’ll bet the results will be really a-mazing!
Jewelry…Necklaces and Earrings Especially
Think pendants, or dangle earrings, but you could also do lapel pins too (I don’t know if those are still popular, I do have a few special ones that I wear now and then.The INSIDE of the bottlecap is where it's at for a striking pendant that will get attention when you wear it!Click To Tweet
Turn it over and fill it with clear epoxy resin, and include some glitter or small beads, or if you’re a pretty ambitious jewelry maker, you could include a tiny photograph – remember those lockets women used to wear in the good ol’ days.
Image credit: Bottlecap pendants by Rhonda Chase Design
Think something like that, the resin will preserve it. Now me, I personally have not worked with resin, I have just read about it’s use in crafts, if you have some clear craft glue that could do the job as well.
Because metal bottlecaps “tinkle” together, they would be good fodder for making windchimes. They could either be strung in the middle as an accent, or on the bottom of the strands to accentuate them. As the breezes blow they will tinkle just like metal tubes or bells.
I have done this with one chime set I did a few years ago, – (see the left image ) – only thing I want to stress, you might want to hang them in a place that’s more shielded from weather conditions, as prolonged periods of rain can cause them to rust, unless you apply some type of waterproof protectant.
Of course, this applies to other metal items that are not already pretreated against rust.
Bottlecap Magnets for the Fridge (Easy!)
Here’s an easy bottlecap reuse craft – turn some of them into cute refrigerator magnets! This is also a great reuse idea if you have a small collection of caps and/or logos on them that are different from each other and unable to create a pattern with, like some of the other projects here.
A very practical idea and one that would probably take no more than half an hour to do after you’ve gathered your materials.
Image credit: Magnets image by DJEucalyptus
As far as that goes (materials) you would only need, in addition to the caps, some strong bond adhesive glue like these, metal washers, and magnets, that’s it.
✅Speaking of which… A metal bottlecap measures 1.17″ in diameter.
==>>These round craft magnets would be the right size and shape to fit each cap.
The tutorial is under the link to the creator attributed above- he advises the use of metal parts like washers or nuts, to glue to the hollow inside of the cap to create a base for which to glue the magnet part on. This would be a great craft idea for kids as well as us too!
Do you want a really good reuse idea for the “man cave” or rec room? Gather your most unique and hard to find logo bearing bottlecap collection to turn into a set of drink coasters like these…you will only need a row of nine for each coaster, think like a tic-tac-toe board.
You’ll also need some epoxy resin to seal together the arranged caps (glue won’t cut it for this) You can also arrange a pattern of all identical logos, or mix them up a little, like these below, notice the variations:
Image credit: Coaster set image by Schaff77
I could add to this list; some more reuse ideas I wanted to include that I am including here as they are variations of the five ideas above…plus a few more!
- Decor for a coffee/end table top…It will take a lot of caps, but you could design a really dope design with an arranged pattern of bottlecaps!
- A kitchen pot holder -or 2
- Three plastic tops could make a fidget spinner.
- You could also take plastic bottlecaps and turn them into drink coasters too, if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of cutting wood or working with epoxy. Like the mention above, arrange patterns of nine for each coaster. Glue on a base like corkboard.
- Kids’ toys…things like dollhouse furniture?
What else can you think of as far as ways to reuse your bottlecaps? Please let me know in the comments, I will enjoy reading your own take on this!